There is No Mother Nature—There is No Balance of Nature: Culture, Ecology and Conservation

  title={There is No Mother Nature—There is No Balance of Nature: Culture, Ecology and Conservation},
  author={Dennis E. Jelinski},
  journal={Human Ecology},
Postmodern philosophy asserts there are only socially constructed narratives and "situated knowledge" that serve for all forms of explanation (Smith, 1989). Narratives, by definition, have a narrator who picks and chooses the constraints: essentially the who, what, when, where and why in a story. Narrators as storytellers then employ these constraints as the structural entities, the so-called "facts" (Allen et al., 2001), to make events into static things. In other words, the narrative is meant… 
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    The Quarterly Review of Biology
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